7-Year-Old Girl Takes the Wheel of Moving Car After Father Overdoses

A Brooklyn man is hospitalized, and in trouble, after overdosing in his car while with his 7-year-old daughter. She drove the car after he became unconscious. (Photo: Getty Images)

NYPD officials revealed this week that a Brooklyn man’s life was potentially saved by his 7-year-old daughter. After Eric Roman, 37, reportedly overdosed on opioids, his daughter took control of their vehicle by sitting on his lap.

The girl was actually seen driving the family car by emergency medical technicians on Ocean Avenue near the Belt Parkway — both very busy thoroughfares in the New York City borough. “I’m a mom, so I was freaking out,” medic Arlene Garcia told the New York Daily News. “I started yelling at her to pull over and stop the car.” But apparently the young driver could not, or did not know how to, stop the vehicle. It took the EMTs pulling their ambulance in the pathway of the slow-moving car to bring it to a full stop.

When the EMTs asked the little girl what had happened, she told them, “My dad was sleeping so I was going to finish driving him home,” seemingly not realizing that she may have saved his life.

Roman will potentially be facing charges of reckless endangerment and driving while impaired by drugs, among others, according to the Daily News. His daughter, quick-thinking and life-saving as she may be, was initially worried she’d be grounded for driving the car.

“She wasn’t scared at all,” Garcia told reporters. “She was so great. All she was worried about was getting grounded for driving without permission.”

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